In November 2019, eight artists from Kenya, Uganda and the UK spent a week in Nairobi together exploring new tangents in collaboration.
Following a sold out debut EP from the group in 2020 – which consists of Faizal Mostrixx (Ug), Hibotep (Ug), K15 (UK), Karun (Ke), Labdi (Ke), Lex Amor (UK), Lynda Dawn (UK) and Maxwell Owen (UK) – a new 7” previews two new tracks from the long awaited full album dropping next year.
The A-side, premiered here, K15 provides a languorous, shuffling beat, roused by a heavy bass line. Lex Amor’s verse, speaking hopefully for the return of a long-lost summer, adds more weight to her being one of the most exciting voices coming out of the UK. Last to feature, Karun, crowns the track with blissful melodies that blend and flow in perfect synchronicity with K and Lex, in both form and lyricism.
The B-Side was born after the lockdown hit from a new wave of remote collaborations, which expanded the community of musicians involved in the album project. Original member Labdi was joined by London singer, producer and pianist Sola for a soulful electronic hybrid track that combines both artists’ stunning vocals with Sola’s forward thinking futuristic production.
The New Tangents 7” crowns a great year for ESP. following the sold out release of Mara TK’s debut album Bad Meditation and Lynda Dawn’s Roses 7”, now on its third repress.
New Tangents 7″ is out – pre-order on Bandcamp.